Interview & Contest: Katherine McIntyre

NewauthorphotoJen: Please share a short bio and links to where you can be found online.
Katherine: A modern day Renaissance-woman, Katherine McIntyre has learned soapmaking, beer brewing, tea blending, and most recently roasting coffee. Most of which make sure she’s hydrated and bathed while she spends the rest of her time writing. With a desire to travel and more imagination than she knows what to do with, all the stories jumping around in her head led to the logical route of jotting them down on paper. She writes novels with take-charge women, ragtag crews, and emotionally savvy men. High chances for a passionate speech thrown into the mix.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Katherine: My latest release is Hunting for Spring, an urban fantasy set in Philly. Though there’s the big mystery of nasty monsters stirring up trouble throughout the city and a rash of kidnappings they need to stop, the core of the story is about two loners finding a place where they belong. I drew my inspiration from old Irish fairytales, but the emotional current of the story revolved around a lot of the loneliness I was feeling this year with a lot of changes going on in my life. Writing—it’s cheaper than therapy!

Here’s a short excerpt:

He took two steps back, quite aware of the presence on the other side of the room. “You know, stealing someone’s kill is bad form,” he complained, cutting through the quiet tension.

“Looked to me like you could use the help.” The female voice came from behind him.

Conor turned around, his hand inching for his Glock.

She sat on the countertop, one leg hanging over the edge. Long strands of dark, messy hair hung past her face, brushing her cheeks as she lifted her chin. The woman had the sort of striking features that made men gape, and Conor fell victim. Her blue eyes intensified with a curious light as she scanned him, and in the shadowy room, her pale skin took on a silver hue. Even though her dark eyebrows knitted together, lending her features a sort of stark fierceness, her pursed mauve lips softened her face.

The girl tugged on the cord of her hoodie, and her eyes narrowed. “What’s a normal kid like you doing hunting a beastie like that?” Her boots hit the ground with a thud, and she brushed her knees off, making the buckles of her cargo pants jangle.

Conor arched his brow, wiping his jacket sleeves on the wall in a sad attempt at getting rid of the wight crud. “Sweetheart, whoever trained you in magic should’ve given you the rundown on everyone you might encounter—including hunters.”

He caught the recognition flashing in her eyes, as well as the careful way she stalked around him like a panther surveying an encroaching predator. “Well, feel free to piss off, then.” Her words were curt but not shocking. Hunters and casters shared a history of bad blood due to the chaos so many irresponsible witches caused. However, one bit of curiosity lingered within him—why had she been tracking the wight? Unless she’d created this monster.

 

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Katherine: Pantser, always. Unshockingly, I’m an impulsive Aries, so if I plan things out too much when it comes to my story, I get infected with the worst sort of story-killer: boredom. By doing the dive-in approach, it keeps things fresh and exciting for me. I’m often just as surprised as my characters when I’m writing, and getting myself out of dead-ends and places where the story slows actually sparks my imagination and helps me churn out better content. Funny enough, most of my twists in stories have been spur of the moment decisions that leave me reeling just as much as they would readers. When I plan it out ahead of time, I usually have to cut back on the sheer amount I beat the surprise over the reader’s heads. I’m not queen of secrecy.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Katherine: I do! I’ve set myself up with a writing schedule and routine, which has worked spectacularly this year, as it’s been my most prolific year so far! First off, I fight writer’s block by having a cup of coffee or tea with me before I get started—the warmth of the beverage just helps kickstart my brain. Also, I have playlists for each of my projects, so whenever I sit down to work, the music helps place me in the settings and mood of the scene. As for a schedule, I’ve now set myself down to do a thousand words minimum a day, Monday through Friday. It’s worked really well so far. Some days I don’t get the word count in, but as long as I pull extra weight on one of the other days, it all works out. The discipline has been supremely helpful in pushing me through multiple large projects this year.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Katherine: First off—I carry a notebook and pen with me everywhere. I’ve got a horrible memory, so chances are, by the time I’m in front of my laptop and able to put that brilliant idea to use, I’ll have forgotten it. I’ve had a couple times where I’ve been driving and unable to jot the note down, so I’ve repeated the phrase over and over again until I reached my destination. When inspiration strikes, you have to be ready. I’m someone who believes firmly in the hard work camp rather than the idea of waiting for the muse to hit, (I’d never get anything written otherwise) but I do have one rule. I don’t start a story unless the first line’s inspired. Usually the first line is pure inspiration and I have an ending in sight—the whole section in between is me and my characters fumbling along to the finish line.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors?  What are you reading now?
Katherine: If I had to name all my favorite authors…well, we’d be here a long time. Some of the ones that stand out most distinctly are Patricia Wrede, Tamora Pierce, and Maggie Stiefvater in the YA department. As for urban fantasy, I’ll forever love Jim Butcher and Ilona Andrews. But in all seriousness, I’ve fallen in love with so many books over the years I’ve lost count. Currently I’m neck deep in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series which has a grip on my heart. I was hankering for something urban fantasy/paranormal romance-esque and it just aligned perfectly.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Katherine: I love my leads—they tend to be complex characters that I am thrilled to befriend for a book or a series, but I have to say one character is always effortless for me. Bea, from An Airship Named Desire, is probably the character I love the most. There’s a stubbornness to her nature as well as a wicked abandon with stirring the pot that I wholeheartedly understand. A lot of the interactions between her and the crew are mirrors of certain ones I’ve had with my husband or friends. Most commonly, I understand the impishness of her nature and the impulse that drives her. Bea is the penultimate Aries hero in my books, and an absolute joy to write.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Katherine: A ton! I’m re-releasing my first book, An Airship Named Desire, since my publisher went on hiatus, but to top that off, I’m continuing the series with a sequel! A Tale of Two Airships will be releasing some time next year, but I can tell you that it’s complete and in the hands of my beta-readers as we speak! As for other projects, I have an awesome young adult fantasy I’m editing, and a sultry paranormal romance I’m working on that’s just beginning to heat up!

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7 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Katherine McIntyre

  1. Laney4 says:

    I enjoyed Brenda Hiatt’s STARSTRUCK (YA fantasy). Thought it had great pacing, wasn’t far fetched, and everything was age-appropriate and made sense. Loved the romance and the mystery (kept me on the edge of my seat throughout).

    STARSTRUCK took place in Jewel, Indiana, although the Martian colony of Nuath is relevant too. (I don’t want to give the plot away.) I read RIGEL’S JEWEL: A STARSTRUCK SHORT STORY as well, where it gave the hero’s point of view, but I haven’t yet followed up with more adventures in the series. Am definitely looking forward to continuing the series.

  2. erinf1 says:

    Atlanta from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Although it might be a bit too dangerous to live in 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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